Madigan Army Medical Center held its health care professionals graduation June 14 with 165 residents, interns, and fellows participating in the annual event at the McChord Field Collocated Club. More than 300 family members, friends and colleagues attended the ceremony in which Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas, commanding general of Western Regional Medical Command, gave the keynote address and helped Col. Dallas Homas, Madigan Army Medical Center commander, hand out diplomas.
Todays graduation affirms your patriotism and commitment to serve and to those you serve, Thomas told the graduates. Medicine is the most noble cause and the military is the most honorable profession.
As an alumnus from a Madigan graduate program, Thomas pointed out with some pride that Madigans medical education ranks the highest in the nation and one of the best training platforms in Army Medicine and the Department of Defense.
Madigan educates more than 600 doctors, nurses, combat medics and health care administrators a year in 38 different graduate programs along with other education programs that are not formally accredited graduate programs in nursing and various enlisted vocational areas. Graduate medical education students average a 94 percent first-time board pass rate. Several Madigan programs are nationally recognized.
Todays graduation is a milestone event for your education, and it has not ended, because today begins a lifelong pursuit, Thomas said.
Thomas encouraged the graduates to enjoy the moment and not forget to thank their families, educators and support staff for their love, guidance and support.
During the ceremony, 11 Madigan educators were recognized as outstanding in their field. Memorial awards honoring benefactors were also presented for outstanding performance in medical research, education and leadership. Madigan Foundation and MultiCare Health System sponsored two awards as well.
Concluding the ceremony, Homas remarked how proud he was of the graduating class.
I wish you great success as you move on to serve as Army healthcare professionals, he said.